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IoD Cambridgeshire | IoD Connect 8:59 Breakfast - Unconscious Bias - What is it and What Difference does it make to your business?

16 May 2019
Cambridge Bradfield Centre, Cambridge

The purpose of these breakfasts is to enable people to shape and lead their businesses more effectively.

We do this by discussing a topical business issue and sharing our findings with the rest of the room. The ethos around these breakfast events is to have you out of the door by 8:59, giving you something to take away and think about and perhaps implement as you move through the rest of your day.

We will have Judeline Nicholas speaking on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and the unconscious bias in business. What is it, and just what difference does it make to your business?

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion matters have been discussed for many years; legislation has been in place long before the Equality Act 2010 - so why is there still an issue? Unconscious bias manifests itself through your organisation’s operations, functions and processes impacting on productivity and customer base.

Creating an inclusive workplace with highly valued staff, can help boost morale and productivity for any organisation within its competitive sector. Gender diverse teams are 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability (McKinsey 2018); Ethnically diverse teams are 33% more likely to experience above-average profitability (McKinsey 2018); More gender diversity company, the greater its returns Morgan Stanley 2017).

Prevention is much better than cure and here we have an opportunity to raise our awareness of unconscious bias, understand the context and its effect, and start to identify how we can make a positive difference. To quote Anais Nin ‘we do not see the world as it is – we see the world as we are’.

Key details

Date & time: 16 May 2019 07:30 - 08:59
Location: Cambridge Bradfield Centre, Cambridge
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Event manager:
IoD Cambridge Officer
Contact phone:
0203 006 2729
Contact email:

What is special about this approach is that it works very effectively in building genuine mutual insight, rapport and trust. This in turn enables people, quite naturally, to want to “scan” the wider world on behalf of each other. This is when the notion of networking begins to have real meaning.

Because we want our 8:59 Topics to be topical, we do not publish a programme of subjects in advance. What we can promise is an opportunity to share insights, ideas and inspirations on topical business issues with likeminded leaders, giving us all something to think about and perhaps implement as we move into the rest of the day.

Coffee and tea will be provided and breakfast is available to buy at the Café.


Judeline Nicholas Diversity and inclusion specialistJudeline Nicholas
Diversity and Leadership Specialist

Judeline Nicholas has over 30 years of experience in learning and development, working with clients in the public, private and charitable sectors on training and consultancy projects in the UK and the US. Her key specialism is equality, diversity and inclusion: supporting clients by reviewing diversity policy and working practices, and by designing and delivering diversity training programmes to build capacity and give businesses a competitive edge.

Clients include The Economist Group, DePaul, YMCA, Queen Mary University in London, Rennie Grove Hospice, Royal Brompton Hospital. Judeline also draws on her experience as a Lay Panel Member of Employment Tribunals (Discrimination) to give her training programmes authenticity.

Judeline is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning. Judeline is also a Finalist in the Institute of Directors Director of the Year Award 2019.


Thanks to Barons BMW | MINI for their continuous support in our IoD Cambridgeshire events. 


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  • Cambridge Bradfield Centre
  • 184 Cambridge Science Park
  • Milton Road
  • Milton
  • Cambridge
  • CB4 0GA

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